Wedding Photography Challenges (part 1)
Interviews with some of the best wedding photographers in Houston.
We asked some of the best wedding photographers in Houston about the most challenging aspect of photographing weddings. Here’s what they had to share:
“Weddings to us is the greatest challenge photographers can take. On a typical wedding day we are expected to take on and excel in several very different photography styles. From natural light photography to studio light photography, from traditional family portraits, creative group portraits to artistic and fashion portraits. We also do landscape and/or architectural photography (Covering the details of venue, church building and settings), and photojournalism.”
“The pressure. Weddings have flowers, dresses, castles, cakes, all things extravagant! But take away the fancy stuff and you’re still left with the most important union two people will ever make in their lives… and there I am… In the middle of it all with the sole responsibility to “capture it”. I don’t take the responsibility lightly and the pressure weighs heavily on me. But I appreciate the pressure. It pushes me to aim for the best.”
“Most of our weddings are at least 8 hours of shooting and up to 16-20 hours for some. This requires a continuous mental and physical effort as we are following the bride and groom and documenting their experiences. We’re able to do this while remaining positive and cheery throughout the day.”
“I have this very unnatural sense of “cool” in this industry. For clients, that can translate funny. Why am I not freaking out about the headcount or the linen colors or the weather? Well…. because no matter what happens, this is your story and I am here to tell it. I find very little challenge anymore. I don’t even mind so much, people and their DAMN PHONES. I have learned to bring those shots into the story, working with Grandma and her widescreen iPad as she sits in the aisle with her arms stretched above her head, blocking every possible “marketable” shot. But that’s ok…. That’s the evolution of this industry.”
“Capturing what the couple has in their mind, even when they may not have anything in mind. Often times, a bride or groom has been picturing something mentally for a while. It may be abstract concept, or something from Pinterest or a magazine. At the end of the day, my goal is to give you what you have in mind, so you pictures match your memories.”